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Joseph M Blankush, Robbie Freeman, Joy McIlvaine, Trung Tran, Stephen Nassani, I Michael Leitman
Modified Early Warning Scores (MEWS) provide real-time vital sign (VS) trending and reduce ICU admissions in post-operative patients. These early warning calculations classically incorporate oxygen saturation, heart rate, respiratory rate, systolic blood pressure, and temperature but have not previously included end-tidal CO2 (EtCO2), more recently identified as an independent predictor of critical illness. These systems may be subject to failure when physiologic data is incorrectly measured, leading to false alarms and increased workload...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Wei-Jei Lee
Obesity is a pan-endemic health problem in both developed and developing countries, in both western and eastern countries. It increases risk for many common diseases, including type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, heart disease, stroke, asthma, osteoarthritis, cancers and depression etc.. Although the incidence of obesity in Asia is relatively low, Asian patients tend to have similar incidence of obesity related metabolic syndrome at lower BMI level comparing to Caucasians because of central obesity...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Deepak Ameta, Rajiv Bharat Kharwar, Pallavi Aga, Rishi Sethi, Sharad Chandra, Sudhanshu Kumar Dwivedi, Varun Shankar Narain, Ram Kirti Saran
Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is a common congenital cardiac anomaly, and rarely, it is associated with sinus of Valsalva aneurysms (SOVAs). And very infrequently, these SOVAs rupture into left side of heart. We hereby report a case of 12-year-old male with BAV with severe aortic stenosis with a large SOVA that ruptured into the left side of the heart. The anatomy was delineated with multimodality imaging; initially with two-dimensional trans-thoracic echocardiography (TTE), and later on with three-dimensional TTE and with multi detector computed tomography...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Douglas Wildes, Warren Lee, Bruno Haider, Scott Cogan, Krishnakumar Sundaresan, David Mills, Christopher Yetter, Patrick Hart, Christopher Haun, Mikael Concepcion, Johan Kirkhorn, Marc Bitoun
We developed a 2.5 x 6.6 mm 2D array transducer with integrated transmit/receive ASIC for 4D ICE (real-time 3D IntraCardiac Echocardiography) applications. The ASIC and transducer design were optimized so that the high voltage transmit, low-voltage TGC (time-gain control) and preamp, subaperture beamformer, and digital control circuits for each transducer element all fit within the 0.019 mm2 area of the element. The transducer assembly was deployed in a 10 Fr (3.3 mm diameter) catheter, integrated with a GE Vivid1 E9 ultrasound imaging system, and evaluated in three pre-clinical studies...
October 12, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Ramesh R Dargad, Jai D Parekh, Rohit R Dargad
Acromegaly is a rare condition with an approximate incidence of 3-4 new cases per million per year and occurs as a result of excess secretion of growth hormone (GH). It is associated with several cardiovascular manifestations of which dilated cardiomyopathy with systolic and diastolic dysfunction is relatively rare but associated with increased mortality. There are very few documented cases of acromegaly with dilated cardiomyopathy in Indian female patients in literature, thus justifying the uniqueness of our case...
June 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Dat T Tran, Arto Ohinmaa, Nguyen X Thanh, Jonathan G Howlett, Justin A Ezekowitz, Finlay A McAlister, Padma Kaul
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is a costly health condition and a major public health concern. We sought to examine the costs of hospital admissions for heart failure between fiscal years 2004 and 2013 in Canada and to model the future costs to 2030. METHODS: Canadian Institutes for Health Information Discharge Abstract Database was used to identify admissions to hospital with heart failure as the primary diagnosis between fiscal years 2004 and 2013. Multiple linear regression models were used to calculate the trend in prevalence and extrapolate these to 2030...
July 2016: CMAJ Open
Najat Yahia, Carrie A Brown, Melyssa Rapley, Mei Chung
BACKGROUND: Intake of saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol has been associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease. The aim of this study was to explore whether increased nutrition knowledge is associated with a reduction in the consumption of unhealthy fats in a sample of university students. METHODS: A sample of 231 students, with a mean age of 20 years, was recruited from university campus during spring 2012. Students completed a validated questionnaire related to students' demographic, nutrition knowledge, and daily fat consumption...
October 4, 2016: BMC Public Health
Jane Scott, Wayne Wang
A new Trans NIH K12 Program in Emergency Care Research was funded in late July 2016 and is funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). The new program seeks to widen the scientific domain of emergency care research to include mental health and nursing research. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
October 6, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Pranav Loyalka, Angelo Nascimbene, Michael Schechter, Marija Petrovic, Ajay Sundara Raman, Igor D Gregoric, Biswajit Kar
INTRODUCTION: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in patients with degenerated bioprosthetic aortic valve has been successfully performed as an alternative to surgery. We describe our initial experience of valve-in-valve TAVI in five patients, using new generation Edwards Sapien 3 transcatheter heart valves implanted into degenerated 19 mm bioprosthetic valves. 20-mm Edwards S3 valves were offered for compassionate use. All patients had significant aortic valve stenosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: The main vascular access was achieved and pre-closed with two Proglide closure devices in one patient and Prostar closure devices in four patients...
October 3, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Ya-Ting Chang, Christina K Chan, Inger Eriksson, Pamela Y Johnson, Xiaofang Cao, Christian Westöö, Christian Norvik, Annika Andersson-Sjöland, Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson, Staffan Johansson, Ulf Hedin, Lena Kjellén, Thomas N Wight, Karin Tran-Lundmark
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a lethal condition for which there is no effective curative pharmacotherapy. PAH is characterized by vasoconstriction, wall thickening of pulmonary arteries, and increased vascular resistance. Versican is a chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan in the vascular extracellular matrix that accumulates following vascular injury and promotes smooth-muscle cell proliferation in systemic arteries. Here, we investigated whether versican may play a similar role in PAH. Paraffin-embedded lung sections from patients who underwent lung transplantation to treat PAH were used for immunohistochemistry...
September 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
Bin Liu, Yuliang Li, Yongzheng Wang, Wujie Wang, Lili Wang, Yancu Hertzanu, Junjie Wang, Fujun Zhang
AIM: Certain metastasis-containing middle mediastinal lymph nodes cannot be approached by standard CT-guided brachytherapy. We here describe a novel trans-superior vena cava approach for such nodes. The aim of this prospective study was to assess the safety and clinical value of (125) iodine (I) brachytherapy via a trans-superior vena cava approach in patients with metastases in middle mediastinal lymph nodes. METHODS: From February 2008 to October 2011, 32 patients with 43 pathologically confirmed metastasis-containing mediastinal middle lymph nodes underwent CT-guided percutaneous (125) I brachytherapy via a trans-superior vena cava approach...
September 29, 2016: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
Silje Ekroll Jahren, Bernhard Michael Winkler, Paul Philipp Heinisch, Jessica Wirz, Thierry Carrel, Dominik Obrist
OBJECTIVES: In this study, the influence of aortic root distensibility on the haemodynamic parameters and valve kinematics of a bioprosthetic aortic valve was investigated in a controlled in vitro experiment. METHODS: An Edwards INTUITY Elite 21 mm sutureless aortic valve (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA, USA) was inserted in three transparent aortic root phantoms with different wall thicknesses (0.55, 0.85 and 1.50 mm) mimicking different physiological distensibilities...
September 28, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Maria Maiello, Annapaola Zito, Annagrazia Cecere, Marco Matteo Ciccone, Pasquale Palmiero
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of heart failure among diabetic patients is high, also in those with normal blood pressure and without coronary artery disease, even when electrocardiogram (ECG) is normal. The goal of our study was to assess the prevalence of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) among diabetic women (DW) and its correlation with glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels, obesity status, and ECG parameters. METHODS: A group of 456 consecutive normotensive postmenopausal women affected by type 2 diabetes, diagnosed over 5 years, were enrolled...
September 26, 2016: Cardiology Journal
Sarah Franklin, Todd Kimball, Tara L Rasmussen, Manuel Rosa Garrido, Haodong Chen, Tam Tran, Mickey R Miller, Ricardo Gray, Shanxi Jiang, Shuxun Ren, Yibin Wang, Haley O Tucker, Thomas M Vondriska
All terminally differentiated organs face two challenges: maintaining their cellular identity and restricting organ size. The molecular mechanisms responsible for these decisions are of critical importance to organismal development and perturbations in their normal balance can lead to disease. A hallmark of heart failure, a condition affecting millions of people worldwide, is hypertrophic growth of cardiomyocytes. The various forms of heart failure in humans and animals models share conserved transcriptome remodeling events that lead to expression of genes normally silenced in the healthy adult heart...
September 23, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Martina Dreßen, Harald Lahm, Armin Lahm, Klaudia Wolf, Stefanie Doppler, Marcus-André Deutsch, Julie Cleuziou, Jelena Pabst von Ohain, Patric Schön, Peter Ewert, Ivan Malcic, Rüdiger Lange, Markus Krane
BACKGROUND: The Holt-Oram syndrome (HOS) is an autosomal dominant disorder affecting 1/100.000 live births. It is defined by upper limb anomalies and congenital heart defects with variable severity. We describe a dramatic phenotype of a male, 15-month-old patient being investigated for strict diagnostic criteria of HOS. METHODS AND RESULTS: Genetic analysis revealed a so far unpublished TBX5 mutation, which occurs de novo in the patient with healthy parents. TBX5 belongs to the large family of T-box transcription factors playing major roles in morphogenesis and cell-type specification...
September 2016: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Carmine Siniscalchi, Pietro Rossetti, Anna Rocci, Pasquale Rubino, Manuela Basaglia, Nicola Gaibazzi, Roberto Quintavalla
A 76 year-old woman was admitted to the Emergency Department for recent-onset dyspnea and cough. The electrocardiogram was considered inconclusive. A thoracic X-ray showed global cardiac profile enlargement. Computed tomography, acutely performed in the clinical suspicion of atypical pneumonia/myocarditis or pericardial effusion, showed cardiac enlargement especially of the right chambers. In order to investigate Ebstein's anomaly, pericardial cysts, tumors or other conditions of the right heart a simple trans-thoracic echocardiogram was performed...
2016: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Wei-Jei Lee
Obesity is a pan-endemic health problem in both developed and developing countries, in both western and eastern countries. It increases risk for many common diseases, including type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, heart disease, stroke, asthma, osteoarthritis, cancers and depression etc.. Although the incidence of obesity in Asia is relatively low, Asian patients tend to have similar incidence of obesity related metabolic syndrome at lower BMI level comparing to Caucasians because of central obesity...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Tarun Chakravarty, Yigal Abramowitz, Hasan Jilaihawi, Raj R Makkar
Symptomatic transcatheter heart valve (THV) thrombosis is noted in up to 1% of patients after transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Recently, hypoattenuated leaflet thickening and reduced leaflet motion of bioprosthetic aortic valves associated with normal transvalvular gradients (and possibly related to subclinical leaflet thrombosis) have been reported. While trans-thoracic echocardiography is a useful initial screening imaging modality for the detection of symptomatic THV thrombosis associated with elevated transvalvular gradients, it has limited utility in the detection of subclinical THV thrombosis...
September 18, 2016: EuroIntervention
B Fresneau, C Fayech, T Butel, N Haddy, D Valteau-Couanet, P Ou
Anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity (ACT) is a severe complication in children and young adults that may lead to congestive heart failure. Some risk factors have been identified: high anthracycline cumulative dose, high radiation dose delivered on the cardiac area, or young age during the treatment. Primary prevention is not clearly defined in children. The dexrazoxane iron chelator seems to be interesting based on its short-term cardioprotective property in patients receiving doxorubicin-containing regimens...
September 14, 2016: La Revue de Médecine Interne
Maurizio Taramasso, Azeem Latib, Paolo Denti, Fabian Nietlispach, Kevin Lynn, Nikola Cesarovic, Alessandro Addis, Maximilian Y Emmert, Andrea Guidotti, Hugo Vanermen, Francesco Maisano
AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety, technical feasibility and performance of a new trans-catheter tricuspid repair system. METHODS AND RESULTS: Thirty-one adult swine underwent implantation of a transcatheter tricuspid remodelling system under general anaesthesia. The steerable transcatheter device was introduced through a 24 Fr femoral sheath into the right femoral vein and delivered to the tricuspid annulus on the beating heart. A fixation element was implanted into the tricuspid annulus...
September 18, 2016: EuroIntervention
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